|At the China Bend Boat Ramp. |
The water is about 250 feet from the end of the ramp!
Luckily we can portage our canoes down to the water!
|Kettle falls from the west bank under the bridge. Although the falls are not showing, there are whirl-pools, currents, and river monsters!|
With such low lake levels, traveling along Lake Roosevelt provides us with glimpses of the past. Old roads, foundations, tree stumps, and even the old Fort Colville Site are all visible with the lake being so low. Most impressively, Kettle Falls and Hayes Island are beginning to show. We have paddled over Kettle Falls, which once was the largest salmon fishery in the inland northwest, but now we can actually see some of the rocks and islands that made the series of falls and drops that provided sustanance and community gatherings for thousands of years.
|Kettle Falls and Hayes Island |
from the Kettle Falls bridge.
Imagine this, if the beaver built a lodge on the lake/river bank this past fall and winter with the anticipation of having some beaver kits this spring, the kits must now walk in places over 500ft just to get down to the water.
It would be very interesting to study beaver or any animals mortality rates in conjunction with unnatural lake/river fluctuations.
|Kettle falls in 1860. Up until the completion of Grand Coulee Dam and the flooding of the up-river valley, Kettle Falls was the primary salmon fishery and gathering area for the native peoples throughout the inland northwest.|